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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2019 @ 04:20 PM / by Rose Allen

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates during survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Rose Allen.

New Construction, Increased Vacancies, and Expo 2020

Rents dropped in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where housing supply continues to exceed demand.



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 25, 2019 @ 07:40 PM / by Morgan Grenier

Kuwait City, Kuwait as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.

The GCC and collective tax reforms

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member countries first agreed to collective tax reforms in 2016, including directives to implement a VAT of 5%, as well as excise taxes, also known as selective taxes, and commonly referred to as “sin taxes.”



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 21, 2019 @ 07:43 PM / by Rose Allen

Doha, Qatar as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.

A declining rental market

With housing supply exceeding demand and the number of incoming expatriates dropping, Doha’s rental market declined over the past year. 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 18, 2019 @ 12:04 AM / by Meleah Paull

Montevideo, Uruguay as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.

Cost of living vs Minimum wage

On January 1, 2019, the monthly national minimum wage increased from 13,430 Uruguayan pesos (UYU) to 15,000 UYU, an almost 12% annual increase. Similarly, the minimum wage had been raised 9.5% the previous year.



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 14, 2019 @ 07:45 PM / by Alex Davis

Singapore as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.

Impact of the Vehicle Quota System (VQS)

Singapore can be one of the most expensive places in the world to purchase a vehicle because of the Certificate of Entitlement (COE), which is required for purchasing a car and allows for ownership for a period of ten years. 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2019 @ 08:11 PM / by Amber Chan

Bogota, Colombia as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey.

Political Change and New Regulations

The rental market is up in Bogota. The newly elected president’s tax cuts on corporations have led to more investment and more assignee arrivals, increasing demand for an already limited housing supply. 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 04, 2019 @ 07:30 PM / by Patrick Benedetti

Data Points: A selection of AIRINC cost-of-living survey results

The results are in! Data Points, AIRINC's quarterly newsletter, is now available on our website at
https://www.air-inc.com/data-points/ 



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[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2019 @ 01:00 AM / by Meleah Paull

Seoul, South Korea as seen during AIRINC's recent on-site survey. 

Availability and Production Delays

During AIRINC’s November onsite surveys in Korea, aspirin was still absent from pharmacy shelves. The 500mg tablets have not been available for purchase since December 2016, when the Korean Ministry of Food and Drug Safety determined that the dissolution rate did not meet its standards.



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